Mechanical Drafters Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of mechanical drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare mechanical drafters salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Mechanical Drafters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,240
25th Percentile Wage
$42,430
50th Percentile Wage
$53,150
75th Percentile Wage
$65,090
90th Percentile Wage
$81,310

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mechanical drafters is $81,310. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,150. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid mechanical drafters is $34,240.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of mechanical drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201653,1502.01%6.17%
201552,0801.73%-
201451,1800.84%-
201350,7501.73%-
201249,870--

Compare Mechanical Drafters Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of mechanical drafters in 69 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for mechanical drafters occupations is the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry with an annual salary $77,660. The lowest paying industry is the other wood product manufacturing industry (annual salary $38,550). For detailed mechanical drafters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$77,660
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$64,000
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$63,770
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$61,700
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$60,500
Chemical Manufacturing
$59,970
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$59,900
Ship and Boat Building
$58,950
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$58,400
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$57,860
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$56,900
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$56,490
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$56,320
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$56,300
Paper Manufacturing
$55,670
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$55,640
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$55,610
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$55,300
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$55,110
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$54,790
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$54,430
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$53,370
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$53,030
Forging and Stamping
$52,850
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$52,260
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,010
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$51,940
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$51,580
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$51,570
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$51,310
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$51,300
Machinery Manufacturing
$51,090
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$50,800
Food Manufacturing
$50,750
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$50,690
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$50,640
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$50,530
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$50,420
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$50,200
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$50,170
Machine Shops
$50,170
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$50,160
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$50,000
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$49,960
Hardware Manufacturing
$49,850
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$49,580
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$49,550
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$49,060
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$48,740
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$48,720
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$48,640
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$48,570
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$47,820
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$47,630
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$47,290
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$47,140
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$47,000
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$46,570
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$46,050
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$46,030
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$45,930
Foundries
$45,440
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$44,890
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$44,110
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$44,010
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$42,970
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$40,130
Wood Product Manufacturing
$38,570
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$38,550

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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